Chris Wilder will be hoping to exit the window with his squad in better shape than how he started it, with the goalkeeping department a seeming priority.
Middlesbrough have today been linked with a move for Crystal Palace shot-stopper Jack Butland, as per a Patreon report from journalist Alan Nixon.
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Joe Lumley has completed his transfer to Reading today on a season-long, something that could accelerate Middlesbrough’s goalkeeper search ahead of the start of the new campaign at the end of July.
Bolstering their goalkeeping department is a top priority for Wilder this summer, and adding someone like Butland could prove to be vital.
A vastly-experienced shot-stopper at Championship level and beyond, Lumley’s shot-stopping abilities, composure when on the ball, passing range and commanding nature mean that he would be a strong addition on Teesside.
Of course, there is already lots one interest in the 29-year-old, meaning any attempt at a deal for the goalkeeper will not be straightforward.
However, Butland will have a higher chance of regular first-team football at Middlesbrough than at Bournemouth or Rangers, whilst Middlesbrough is a much more favourable destination as things stand than Birmingham, given the ongoing uncertainty at the Midlands club.